The CAW calls for a commitment to public health care from all parties



    TORONTO, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - On behalf of the over 20,000 CAW members working
in health services across the province, the CAW's Ontario Health Care Council
is demanding that all parties publicly state their position on health care.
    While health care continues to be a top concern of citizens, parties have
not made the issue a primary element in their platforms. The Council has
written to each provincial party leader insisting they make clear commitments
to the province's treasured universal health care system.
    The Council urges all parties to commit to ensuring that every Ontarian
is assured equal access to publicly funded health care regardless of their
income.
    "We are asking that if elected, will their government ensure the
necessary funding to reduce wait times," said Darlene Prouse, president of the
CAW Ontario Health Care Council. "Wait times are too long in this province,
but private health care is far from the answer.
    "As voters, we need to support a government that will maintain our public
health care system, instead of dismantling it as we saw with the previous
Conservative government."
    The CAW Ontario Health Care Council urges all parties to recognize that
health care must not be decided in the courtrooms as it has been in other
provinces. Nor should it fall under the influence of right-wing interest
groups such as the National Citizens Coalition and the Canadian Constitutional
Foundation.





For further information:

For further information: CAW Ontario Health Care Council President
Darlene Prouse, (cell) (519) 525-2500

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